Mellow Yellow Monday - California Matilija Poppy - August 23, 2010
The California Matilija Poppy is a striking flower, of the genus, Romnyea. They
are also called tree poppies and are native to northern Mexico and California. They
are perinneals with wooden stems, which may grow to a height of 8 feet, with flowers
that may reach 5 inches across. According to Wikipedia, they may be difficult to
grow but, once established, they are hard to remove.
I love the flowers, with their huge yellow centers and crepe paper petals which blow in
the breeze. Bees seem to like them as well! I saw them, for the first time, this year -
where have they been for the other sixty-four years of my life?
These shots are from the San Francisco Botannical Gardens.